Name: Dani Fairhurst
Occupation: Fundraising Team and Admin Assistant (for a sports charity)
Tell me about your very first tattoo.
I got my very first tattoo when I was 18 and it was a complete spur of the moment decision. I just walked into a local tattoo shop in the town where I grew up and picked a random design off the wall. It was the cheesiest tattoo ever of three stars on my right hip but at the time I loved it!
I decided to have it fairly small as it was my first one and I wasn't sure what to expect. The guy who did it was nice and really reassuring but the quality of the tattoo wasn't great and I've recently had it covered up with something much prettier (and better quality!)
Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past?
No they haven't. I think I've been really lucky actually because you hear stories about this kind of thing. My biggest tattoo (for the time being) is on my hip/stomach/ribs so it's never on show at work anyway and the ones on my wrists are easy to cover up if I need to. I studied law at uni and remember people saying that I'd never be taken seriously with tattoos but I qualified as a Solicitor and my tattoos were never an issue!
What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
I've never encountered any sort of discrimination or bullying - I've had the usual ''Your tattoos will look weird when you're old'', accompanied by a judgmental look, but I wouldn't consider that to be bullying.
Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
A couple of my best friends are totally into tattoos and they were actually my main inspiration in getting more ink after my first couple. I don't think my family are super keen on my tattoos and my mum did say I shouldn't get any more a little while ago (I've had three more since then - sorry mum!) but it's not a problem in our relationship with each other.
Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.
The flowers on my hip, stomach and ribs is my absolute favourite piece. It's also the biggest that I have (well, so far anyway). It's actually covering my first ever tattoo (which you can just about see in the first picture). I knew I wanted something girly and floral, and that I wanted three main flowers; one for my mum, my sister and me. Other than that I had no idea what kind of flowers, how big, what colours etc. So I did a lot of research and found an artist whose work I loved. I then basically gave her free reign to design what she wanted. It took three sittings (close to 9 hours) in total and even at the last sitting we hadn't decided on a colour for the flowers so the artist just mixed some colours together until we found the right one.
Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
For me, all tattoos should have a meaning and each one of mine does but I also get why some people just go for random designs. The one that has the most meaning for me is the heart on my right wrist - it was inspired by the Semi-Colon Project and symbolises my long struggle with depression. It actually covers some scars (really well because you can barely see them) and constantly reminds me that even though my fight isn't over yet, neither is my story. I also LOVE the colours - another one where I let the artist pick the colours on the day.
Are you planning any more?
Yes. I follow about 20 tattoo inspiration accounts on Instagram and my camera roll is full of screen shots of tattoos that I'd love to get. I've not long had the flower piece finished so I need to save up a bit of money and start researching suitable artists.
In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?
Which one? I actually have one on my left rib cage that I barely felt but the top of the flowers just under my right boob hurt like hell!
Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
Think carefully about what YOU want and don't give any thought to what others will think. It's your body and you need to be happy with what you have done to it so give it careful consideration but don't worry yourself with what others will say too much.
Thank you so much Dani for telling us all your tattoo story! If you'd like to get to know Dani better she has a blog that you can check out here! I wanna hear about your tattoos too, so make sure to send an email with the subject heading 'INKED & AWESOME' to firstname.lastname@example.org!!